Didn’t I just review 2014?? I say it too much, but time is flying by. 2016 is going to be a big year full of exciting and scary things, and so was 2015. Here are some of the highlights:
- I got engaged in Chicago rain (!!!)
- I was awarded second place at the Roanoke College Biennial Exhibition.
- I was a Gallery U intern for a total of 30 weeks.
- I was promoted to Lead Children’s Education Associate at the Taubman Museum of Art.
- I wrote a book of poetry that I will publish one day.
- I began writing and illustrating a children’s book (with help from my wonderful advisor, Tim Nickodemus) that I will also publish one day (soon!)
- I donated a painting to a JDRF gala.
- I spent my second summer in Chicago and met/worked with/learned from some incredible artists: Dana Degiulio, David Getsy, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Alejandro Cesarco, Gregg Bordowitz, Yvonne Rainer, Glenn Ligon, Wu Tsang, Andrea Fraser, Kira Lynn Harris, Rodney McMillian, Lynne Tillman, Eileen Myles, Josiah McElheny, John Neff, Rashayla Marie Brown, and everyone in the classes of 2016 and 2017.
- I had a studio visit with Alejandro Cesarco and a group critique with Eileen Myles.
- I gave a presentation on Rodney McMillian to Rodney McMillian, SAIC faculty, and my classmates.
- I made new friends.
- I visited the Art Institute of Chicago every week for six weeks and gained a deeper understanding of several pieces of art.
- I took a writing class with Gregg Bordowitz and a human rights class with Pamela Sneed.
- I spent two semesters working with an amazing mentor, Gerry Bannan.
- I attended Brain School at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
- I attended a lecture by John Paul Caponigro and I participated in the Monster Art Rally at the Taubman Museum of Art.
- I designed another band t-shirt–this one for my brother (details to come soon!).
- I was part of a group show in Chicago (Interwoven), three group shows in Roanoke, VA (Edna Curry / John Bower, Precision and Reach, and Against the Grains), and a group show in Allentown, PA (Gallery U).
- I displayed my work in a few local spots: Cups Coffee and Tea, Hermitage Retirement Community, and Firefly Fare.
- I made lots of new work, had lots of breakthroughs, and have continued to grow as an artist.
I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Here’s to another great year! xoxo
The past year was full of so many new and exciting and terrifying things. There were lots of tears (joy and sadness), lots of ups and downs, lots of questioning, but I have to say I think I came out stronger on the other end. I’m so excited for what the next year will bring, but I want to take a moment to remember some of the good things of 2014.
I spent time with my loved ones and did some traveling.
I got accepted into and started grad school in Chicago, which allowed me to meet and work with some amazing artists and people (Gregg Bordowitz, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Matthew Buckingham, Laurie Palmer, Joseph Carr, Michal Lynn Shumate, Lynn Tillman, Josiah McElheny, and the whole class of 2016).
I saw, in person, paintings that I had grown up only seeing pictures of at the Art Institute of Chicago.
I presented my thoughts on the work of Kira Lynn Harris to KLH herself along with my cohort and the LRMFA faculty.
I had a one-on-one studio critique with Joseph Grigely.
I had group critiques with Glenn Ligon and Wu Tsang.
I submitted a bunch of job applications, got a few interviews, and finally got a great job at an art museum where I met some more wonderful people.
I cheered on my brother at various shows including a concert where he opened for Robert Cray and another where he played alongside recent Grammy winners Snarky Puppy.
I taught lots and lots of little ones and grew as an educator.
I participated in a couple art shows and made lots of new work.
I donated work to diabetes-related causes.
I attended helpful workshops and participated in online classes.
I received valuable feedback and advice from my mentor Janet Niewald.
I worked with an international musician on a series of T-shirts.
I met and talked to the artist and creator of Medical Avatar, Virgil Wong.
I made a special painting for a friend.
I celebrated five years with my boyfriend!
My goal for 2015 is mostly to keep working really hard. Managing my time this past semester was quite challenging because I had so much going on, but I’ve already seen the hard work pay off so I know it’s worth it. I have lots of secret projects in mind for the near future (they’re only secret because that’s how I like it at first), and some of those projects involve the structure and content of this site. Another ongoing goal of mine is to keep this place updated and interesting. I love sharing my work and process with whoever happens to stumble across my name or website and I appreciate all of you who have spent a little time here with me. So in closing, thank you and Happy New Year!!
I’ve been absent for a couple weeks now and my excuse is just that I’ve been busy (this is a valid excuse, I promise). Anyway, things are wrapping up (no pun intended) as the holiday season quickly approaches, so I am finally finding time to return to the things I’ve had to place on the back burner recently.
Today I am finishing the first paper of my graduate school career (it has been no easy task, but it’s almost done!) Maybe I will post the finished paper in its entirety on the site later, or at least a link to it…but here is a peek:
In the next two weeks I will teach my last museum classes and gifted art classes of the year. Here are some of the projects we have been or will be working on:
Literal art gouache paintings
Abstract sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s glass pieces
My goals for this month are to finish a commissioned painting, start a new personal project (which I’m really excited and will share details about soon), and relax! I have a lot more to do, but I’ll spare you the list. Hopefully I will be able to post on here more frequently again, but for now, here is some more evidence that I have been alive and well:
Yikes!! A new year already? Crazy. I’m feeling like 2014 is going to be a big year for me… Right now it’s full of plans and possibilities, but things don’t always go as planned, so that’s kind of intimidating. I’m very excited about those possibilities though. Hopefully this is the year that I get to spend more time creating my own business and perhaps I’ll also start working on my MFA. Now that I’m done with my application portfolio, I can also dedicate time to all my other art project ideas.
I’m not very good at keeping up with new year resolutions, so I’m going to try to keep it simple this time around. I make small goals all the time and I’ll continue to do that, but my main goal is to maintain a logbook with my blood sugar levels. If you’ve read my recent posts that briefly describe complications of diabetes, you know that good blood sugar control is a really important part of avoiding those complications. I’m hoping that keeping a logbook will remind me to check often and also help me notice patterns.
I hope you are starting off this new year in good spirits whether you’re excited about the future or just scared about it. A new year doesn’t really change anything, but if it helps you, look at it as a fresh start and an opportunity for you to make changes yourself. Start with small steps, but don’t be afraid to dream big :] Cheers!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my current body of work. Even though I’ve known this for a while (thanks to my dad), I feel like right now I really need to complete at least one painting every week. That is the only way that I can discover new ways of expressing my thoughts and feelings about diabetes and decide which methods are the most effective for both myself and my audience.
To remind me of this, I recently bought an inspirational poster designed by Nikki Hampson with this Ira Glass quote on it:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good. It has potential. But it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.”
I really love that quote. When I was student teaching earlier this year, my high school cooperating teacher showed it to me and I never forgot about it. I found the poster here :]
There’s a lot going on right now, especially with the holidays coming up, so it will be a challenge to finish at least one painting a week, but I think I can do it. Wish me luck!